A year later, still no federal charges against ‘saboteurs’ of Dakota Access Pipeline. Why?

Link to original article: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2018/07/23/dakota-access-pipeline-iowa-sabotage-no-federal-charges-jessica-reznicek-ruby-montoya/801287002/ Covered by The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, July 23, 2018 Excerpt: by William Petroski It’s been one year since two Iowa environmental activists claimed responsibility for deliberately causing millions of dollars in damage to the Dakota Access Pipeline project, but federal prosecutors haven’t filed charges against them. The activists — Jessica Reznicek, 36, and Ruby Montoya, 28 — have gone into hiding. The lack of federal prosecution has some Iowans wondering whether charges will ever be filed. “As Continue reading →

Penalties increased for future pipeline ‘sabotage’ in Iowa

Link to original article: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2018/07/23/iowa-lawmakers-enact-tough-penalties-future-pipeline-sabotage-access-pipeline-standing-rock-native/805866002/ Covered by The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, July 23, 2018 Excerpt: by William Petroski Criminal sabotage of Iowa pipelines, telecommunications facilities, water treatment plants and other critical infrastructure could result in long prison sentences and large fines under a new state law approved by the Iowa Legislature in its 2018 session. The measure was drafted by state homeland security officials in the wake of millions of dollars in damage that protesters inflicted on Iowa sections of the Dakota Access Continue reading →

Advocates search for oil spill info

Link to original article: http://www.nwestiowa.com/news/advocates-search-for-oil-spill-info/article_5fc72796-8c68-11e8-9df1-ef2d89818d57.html Covered by The N’West Iowa REVIEW, Sheldon, Iowa, July 21, 2018 Excerpt: By Lana Bradstream DOON—There are no protesters, but that does not mean people do not care about the oil spill near Doon. Three Iowa environmental advocates — Bold Iowa members Ed Fallon and Christine Nobiss of Des Moines and David Thoreson of the Iowa Great Lakes — traveled to Doon and Rock Rapids on Tuesday to inquire about and investigate the June 22 BNSF Railway derailment, which resulted in Continue reading →

Investigating the Doon tar sands oil spill

Dear Friends, Christine Nobiss, David Thoreson, and I traveled to northwest Iowa this week to investigate the June 22 tar sands oil spill near Doon (check out our livestream). We spoke with Iowa DNR and Lyon County officials, a landowner, an engineer working at the site, a reporter with the N’West Iowa REVIEW, and KSFY TV (check out KSFY’s story here). We learned a lot! — Lyon County officials did an excellent job as first responders during the hours and days immediately following the spill. Continue reading →

Bold Iowa assesses impact of oil spill

Link to original article: http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Bold-Iowa-assesses-impact-of-oil-spill-488454851.html Covered by KSFY Television, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, July 17, 2018 Excerpt:   DOON, Iowa (KSFY) – A local environmental group is mobilizing to help landowners impacted by last month’s train derailment and oil spill in Doon, Iowa. Bold Iowa builds alliances to fight climate change and protect the state’s soil, air and water. Organizers met with landowners, engineers and county leaders Tuesday to get a better assessment of the situation and the environmental impacts. Bold Iowa director Ed Fallon saif they need Continue reading →

Marcher blogs and social media links

Follow the marchers’ experiences while they are on the First Nation – Farmer Climate Unity March! Christine Lehman-Engledow Profile Facebook Christine Lehman-Engledow Christine Nobiss Profile Facebook  Seeding Sovereignty, Christine Nobiss, Indigenous Iowa Instagram @SeedingSovereignty David Houston Profile Facebook David Houston Website Homes4MyPeeps David Thoreson Profile Facebook David Thoreson Twitter @bluewaternews Instagram @DavidThoreson Debbie Griffin Profile Facebook Downtown Disciples Twitter @DTDisciplesDSM Instagram @DTDisciplesDSM Ed Fallon Profile Blog Fallon Forum Talk show The Fallon Forum airs Mondays from 11:00 a.m.-Noon and is available afterward as a podcast. Facebook Ed Fallon, Fallon Forum Continue reading →

Meet the Marchers

Meet the marchers of the First Nation – Farmer Climate Unity March. Click on image to read their profiles. If you’d like to march, click here to apply. Sponsor a marcher! Click Donate, indicate amount, then SELECT YOUR MARCHER with “Specify marcher name or open scholarship.” Or send a check to avoid processing fees. Meet the marchers

Fossil-fuel transport unsafe, whether by pipe or rail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Saturday, June 23, 2018 — 1:00 p.m. CDT Contact: Christine Nobiss at (319) 331-8034 or cnobiss@gmail.com Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or ed@boldiowa.com Indigenous Iowa and Bold Iowa issue joint statement on oil spill Two organizations deride fossil-fuel transport as unsafe — whether by pipe or rail Leaders of Bold Iowa and Indigenous Iowa today expressed deep concern for the families, communities, land and water impacted by yesterday’s oil spill in Lyon County, Iowa. At the same time, the organizations’ leaders Continue reading →

Frequently Asked Questions about the First Nation – Farmer Climate Unity March

Here are some frequently asked questions about the First Nation – Farmer Climate Unity March. The first section has questions marchers may have, and the second section has questions hosts may have. Marcher FAQs Q: What does a typical day on the March look like? A: Marchers wake-up around or before 6:00 a.m., eat breakfast, make their lunch, pack up camp, and circle up for announcements by 7:30 a.m. Marchers then depart together by 8:00 a.m. Each day’s mileage is between 10 and 13 miles. Continue reading →

Save the date to march with us

Dear Friends, Often when there’s a crisis, people respond by traveling great distances on foot. Marches often transform the participants, and have changed my life, too. (Stay tuned for the upcoming release of my first book, Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim.) Most important, marches change history. Consider: The Women’s Suffrage March Gandhi’s Salt March The 1965 March for Voting Rights The 1986 Great Peace March, which mobilized support for a nuclear test ban and citizen diplomacy between Americans and Russians From September 1 – 8, fifty people Continue reading →